Craft

CRAFT


APOUSIOKOUMPOUNOPHOBIA

By Dora Mentzel

The story of an obsolete bit of tailoring, the buttonhole on the lapel of a men's jacket. Why have a buttonhole with no function? Read more

 

ART AND WORKMANSHIP

By W.R. Lethaby

This article from 1913 is about craft and beauty and the ordinary. 'Art is the humanity put into workmanship, the rest is slavery.' Read more

ROBINSON CRUSOE

By Tanya Harrod

In this short essay Tanya Harrod examines how tools and everyday objects become the focus of Crusoe's life and of the novel. Read more

 

KNOLLING

By Edwin Heathcote

‘Knolling’ is the act of laying out tools in an obsessive but rather beautiful display. It sits between function and aesthetics. Read more

 

FREE TRADE AND PROTECTION -
from THE INDIAN CRAFTSMAN

By Ananda Coomaraswamy

What, exactly, is the freedom in free trade for? According to Indian writer Ananda Coomaraswamy, it led to the freedom to make things badly. Read more

 

THE MEANING OF CRAFT - 
from THE PRINCIPLES OF ART

By R. G. Collingwood

In this work published in 1938, Collingwood  lays out the six defining characteristics of craft, including the distinctions between means and end. Read more